Old unattended gas wells still leaking

Old unattended gas wells still leaking

well-oil-drillQuebec City (Quebec) 02 September, 2014 – There are 600 abandoned gas wells throughout the province of Quebec and according to M. André Bélisle of the Association against Atmospheric Pollution of Quebec (AQLPA) some of these old wells are still emitting methane gas and are consequently a danger for the public and for the environment.

Part of his team actually lit a match close to one of the old wells as a demonstration and the flame reached a good foot into the air because of the gas floating around.

The association’s main concern is that the sites are not checked by any government body on a regular basis and that the gas escaping is adding to the air pollution, which in today’s world, is of utter importance in all walks of society.
The subject had been brought up in the past with other governments and the association was told at the time that the situation was no worse than a few cows farting in a farmer’s field and that the gas escaping was of no great threat to anyone or anything.

The only closed gas wells that the government is concerned with are the 31 holes that were drilled for the fracking experiments which were done in recent years, leaving the other 600 wells unchecked, uncontrolled and unmanaged which, according to M. Bélisle (an avid environmentalist) is completely incomprehensible.

Methane gas is 36 times more harmful for the environment than any carbon gas.

The Association is also against any fracking exploration in the province and hopes that the present government will install a moratorium on any more development concerning the subject.

Life in Québec staff writer

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